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On Thursday 19 January, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust visited our Isleworth campus to share an informative, on-topic presentation, hosted in our very own Endeavour Theatre.

West Thames governors and over 100 students attended the event. The day itself is for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

These experiences and contributions gave us a unique insight into the lives of those who have endured persecution.

Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about its historical importance and promote action to create a safer future.

The presentation started with a Welcome speech by our Mayor Raghwinder Siddhu.

West Thames College wants to show appreciation to Gabriel Stein for sharing his family’s stories and experiences during the Holocaust.

Gabriel told the story of his mother, Marie Stein (née Mazur), and how she and her family survived the Holocaust in Poland.

In 1939, when Marie was ten years old, she lost her childhood forever. Word War Two broke out, with Germany invading Poland, overpowering the country in less than a month. From then until their liberation she lived with the risk of getting beaten up, killed, or sent to a concentration camp. She remembers that each and every night, she feared that she might have said something that could have endangered the family and could cause them to be killed.

Gabriel shared this story in remembrance of his own family. He believes that Holocaust survivor narratives should be actively shared.

It has been an invaluable learning experience for us all.

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